There are not too many cities in the UK that are famous all around the world. London is the prime example, with Liverpool and Manchester following not far behind. However, these are not the cities that I would chose to spend a weekend. I would chose to spend 48 Hours in Brighton.
I’m not sure whether it’s the smell of the sea air or the sound of the sqwaking pesky seagulls, but there’s always been a part of me that’s felt so at home in Brighton. I grew up just down the road and in my awkward teenage years, I felt like I could be anyone I wanted there. Full of people who have chosen anything other than the status quo for their lives, there is so much to see and do in the city that is unique.
Start your weekend right by settling into your room at your accomodation. For those of you on a budget, the YHA Brighton is right up your street. For midrange, try Hotel du Vin and if you’re feeling flashy, check out My Brighton for its plain exterior and funky interior.
Once you’ve freshened up, take a stroll along the seafront. People watch as the runners come out after work and the crowds gather at the pubs on the waterfront to celebrate the start of the weekend. Listen to the seagulls overhead and watch the sun set over the burnt out Western Pier.
Head into the North Laines and have dinner and drinks at the Prince George Pub, a famously vegetarian affair. Get lost in the nooks and crannies with a beer and admire the cozy dark wood furnishings.
Whether you’re into high street fashion or charity shop chic, Brighton has got it all. You can head West of West Street to Churchill Square for all you need in one mammoth shopping centre, or to the East to check out the laines, with small independent shops selling pretty much anything you can possibly imagine.
Step back into the past with a tour of the Royal Pavillion, built by King George IV in the style that was popular in India at the time. Wander through the bedrooms, reception rooms and back rooms that have all been restored to their former glory.
If your legs are feeling a little weary, now is the perfect time for tea and cake at Choccywoccydoodah. Famous for it’s chocolaterie, there is a cafe upstairs that there is always a queue for. Although you can’t book in advance, you can put your name down and they will tell you when the next table will be free. While you’re here, it’s worth having a look around as the things they can do with chocolate are magical!
Next up is a spot of art. Although obviously not the sort you can see in museums. The most well-known piece of street art in Brighton are Banksy’s kissing policemen on the side of the Prince Albert, not far from the station. Sadly, the original has been dug out and sold to an anonymous buyer in Miami, but there is a replica behind perspex on the side of the otherwise very colourful pub. Wherever you look in Brighton you can find superb street art, so take a camera and get snap happy.
For dinner, head to one of two of Brighton’s vegetarian institutions – Terre A Terre or Food For Friends. They are both brilliant restaurants and you are almost certain to need reservations at either one that you go to.
If you have any energy left, then catch a show at Komedia. It’s a pefromance centre well known for its Saturday Night Krater Comedy Club.
Step back in time and embrace your inner child on Brighton Pier. Ride the rollercoasters and play in the arcades before making yourself sick on candyfloss and doughnuts. Spend all of your money trying to get a crappy toy out of the 2p machines. Go back to the noughties with an epic dance machine battle.
The choices of fish and chips for lunch are endless. Sit-down or take-away? Cheap, expensive? Cod, or Salmon? Halloumi? Or even vegan fish and chips. You can literally find anything you want in Brighton. For veggies, try Vbites or the hut at the enterance to the pier, which does veggie-dogs.
Highly controversial and arbuably a stain on the landscape of Brighton seafront is British Airways’ i360 tower. When the platform is at the top, you can see all the way to Beachy Head and the Isle of Wight on a clear day. Designed by the creators of the London Eye, the platform rises from sea level to its peak at 138m twice every hour. It does give glorious views of the surrounding area and a bird’s eye view of the city you have spent the weekend exploring.
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